Thursday, April 26, 2012

Roadie Flip and Grind

Today we talk about of to lower a Road Star for Free. Yup Free and it only took me thirty minutes and some basic tools. After looking at Barons lowering kit with the replacement knuckle i remembered something about flipping the stock one and making room for the spring to move. Ill add some pics later but here's the rundown:

  1. Jack the bike up. I used a floor jack under the frame and jacked it up till the rear wheel was just off the ground.
  2. As you lay on the floor you will see the shock, knuckle in the rear and a couple bars that run parallel to the shock and mount to the same bolt in the front.
  3. Remove the horn with a 10mm socket from the left side of the bike. 
  4. Remove the the 2 long bolts holding the knuckle to the swing arm and shock to frame.
  5. Slide the shock out and head to the work bench.
  6. Remove the knuckle from the shock completely and clean it pretty good (cause you may never touch it again)
  7. Lube the pins, flip the knuckle and install it back together with bottom of the shock first.
  8. At this point you wont be able to get the shock bolt into it as this is where the fun starts with the grinder. I used a beefy cutoff wheel and started with a notch at the point of contact to the spring base. Basically grind a little and test fit the bolt till it slides in and knuckle clears the spring. I like to smooth rough edges as this is were things tend to crack so i gave it a nice smooth radius and wire brushed it smooth.
  9. Bolt the whole assembly back to the bike using the stock bolts and washers and mount the horn.
  10. Your done... now bask in the glory of your FREE 2 inch drop!
Bonus steps only for the real gear heads:
  1. Open door to shop.
  2. Start bike and let it warm up for a minute.
  3. Sit on seat, pull in clutch, shift to first, hold front brake, twist throttle and dump the clutch.
  4. Note wife's look on her face through the smoke and be afraid!  
Before pic

After pic

Roadie intro

Well the day has come and the "Deer Slayer" has left the ranch and know belongs to another family. The decision came after some thought of use and lack there of as it only got like 400 miles put on it since 2009...... not Cool! So the thought came up that i would let it go away and fill its void with a full on off road mx bike but after some though we (both alter egos) came to the conclusion to replace the Deer Slayer with a big cruiser. With the little budget that i have for stuff ill never use i came across an oldschool lookin beaut we shall call "Roadie". This little cutie is a 1999 Yamaha Road Star with a heap of miles on here and a nice set of pipes but mostly stock. Now before i get too deap i must mention that i worked at a Metric shop for a few years that made custom bikes on the side and their victims were mostly Road Stars. Some of these bikes graced the cover of v-twin Mags during the '90s and '00s and even won some awards. So as i searched my now favorite site  search cl entire state i came across this one in a remote town near Erie pa and envisioned an oldschool low, long and loud machine that i can ride the ol'lady on and hopefully stay outta trouble.

First step was to get some cash:
Shine up the deer slayer and post it on cl. Within an hour i had two offers and a guy commin out to look at it. As i was waiting for the one guy to look at at i get a call and another guy will pay me right now what im asking ..... Done. Pack up extra parts and chat for a few and shes gone!

Second step was to get the roadie home:
After a lot of looking around from borrowing a truck to riding it back i found that UHaul rents open motorcycle trailers for $14 a day. Holy shit that's cheap and away we go with Benny riding shotgun.

Third issue was to find a notary in pa:

As i soon found out the state of pa requires that the title gets notarized so the original owner says theres a boat place "up the street" that can do it and they will be there for a little while. Benny and i pack in this guys beat ass Focus and soon find out he needs a wheel bearing, struts, tires, and something smells like a kid drank some milk and pucked it up in the back seat! The roads around his place have no lines and have just made the change from dirt to asphalt and felt like it. As we get to the place and walk in we spy a dumps worth of vintage toys and parts. A little "Hello anyone home" and nothing so we walk to the back shop to find a hobbit of a man and a bunch of cool shit in the shop. first thing that stood out was a fairlane close to mint and an old ford convertible from the 30's. The guy turned out to be cool as hell and hooked me up so back to the house and back on the road with Roadie on the trailer.

Charlotte Autofair 2012

Well just finished up another great trip to NC for the Food lion Auto Fair. once again had a huge turnout with thousands of cars and even more vendors and auctions. Every year we hit this show and try to pick out the best cars to the worst cars and post them here but this year i feel a little lazy and i think I'm gonna pick my favorite car and share a link to the rest for you to check out if you want.

After look at a bunch of the picks i came back to this one. This may not be the craziest car there but it stopped me dead in my tracks and left me feeling fuzzy.

And a little rumpy rump for the true gear heads out there